posted on Apr, 22 2013 @ 10:59 AM
I had to put some real thought into what forum this fit into and it's recently breaking out of Pakistan, so adds to the dilemma. Ultimately I chose
this one because it is general in nature and the outcome is breaking but the issue is hardly new. Lets see what reporters cost a Government to buy in
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court made public on Monday a list of journalists and media-men who were allegedly paid by the information ministry through
its secret fund.
The list contains itemised particulars of those expenditures for which the information ministry now does not claim privilege or secrecy.The list of
disbursements, totaling up to 1.7 billion rupees, was uploaded on the SC website in accordance to the Supreme Court’s directive issued earlier
during the day.The apex court had also ordered for the list to be made public on its website.
According to The Money Converter
that comes to just a hair over 17 Million US Dollars. Yikes! Nice work if
you can get it, eh?
Earlier last year, the court had begun its probe and sought information and froze the funds of the information ministry after the petitioners had
sought a probe and requested an end to the secret funds of the information
I must say I am disgusted to learn they paid these fees but also that "reporters" (Government writers, is how I'd term them) accepted them. I
wonder what stories they got in return for such generous support? I'm sure no Government pays out such dough without a pretty clear understanding of
what is expected in return.
It makes you wonder ...Pakistan was caught at it. That hardly suggests they are in any way unique. How much of the news we see and read is the result
of bought and paid outcomes, predetermined well before the first words of the story are even written to a screen?